Vol: 5 Issue: 23 Saturday, February 23, 2002
Profile: The World’s Number One Terrorist
Name: Imad Mughniyeh
Whereabouts: Believed to be in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley
Career achievements: Abducted Beirut CIA chief William Buckley, planned bombings of U.S. embassy and military barracks in Beirut, may have planned the September 11 attacks.
Mughniyeh is regarded as the number one terrorist in the world. Over the last 20 years, Mughniyeh has served as the leading killer for Hezbollah as well as Iran and Syria. He also does a little free-lance killing for others. For this, he is well paid and protected.
He’ll never be as infamous as Osama Bin Laden; he doesn’t want to be. Mughniyeh is a killer who has no interest in ruling the world. Just killing. Unlike Bin Laden, Mughniyeh does not appear on television and regularly changes his appearance through plastic surgery to escape detection.
He’s also a bit nuts; Mughniyeh is described by CIA profilers as a ‘clinical psychopath inflamed by vengeance’.
Israeli intelligence sources believe Mughniyeh served as either a consultant or planner in the 9/11 attacks. Mughniyeh has not been spotted in ten years and is believed to have changed his appearance to avoid detection.
Mughniyeh is wanted in Argentina, Israel and the United States. He came to prominence after Western peacekeeping forces entered Lebanon in 1982.
Career Written in Blood
He was implicated in the 1983 Shi’ite suicide bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, in which at least 63 people were killed. He was responsible for the bombing of the Western military barracks in Beirut: the death toll was more than 300 U.S. Marines and French paratroopers. He planned the abduction of CIA station chief in Beirut William Buckley. In 1984, he planned the bombing of the U.S. embassy in which 14 people were killed.
The CIA tried several times to assassinate Mughniyeh, who is believed to have personally tortured and killed Buckley. In 1985, in a joint operation with the Mossad, the CIA detonated a bomb that killed Mughniyeh’s brother. Another brother was killed in 1994.
Since 1994, Mughniyeh has focused his efforts on Israel and the United States. His aim has been to blow up an Israeli airliner. He came closest to success in 1997 when a bomb meant to be placed on an El Al passenger jet exploded prematurely. A Lebanese national, carrying a forged British passport and sent to carry out the bombing, was severely injured.
Mughniyeh has not been seen in nearly ten years. His current goal is to change the strategic balance between Israel and the Palestinians. He has been a key player in the training of Palestinian insurgents, particularly from Hamas and Islamic Jihad. Mughniyeh was even involved in the purchase of the Iranian rockets and weapons aboard the Karine-A freighter enroute to Gaza when seized by Israel.
Mughniyeh is solidly backed by Iran, Lebanon and Syria. His supply of false identities and forged passports is endless. His goal is the destruction of both Israel and the United States. This is the enemy; invisible, ruthless, dedicated.
Those who propose handing Yasser Arafat a state as a solution to the Middle East conflict and the wider problem of international terrorism are living in a fool’s paradise. If the Israelis handed over everything Arafat demanded, the killing would continue until there were no more Jews or Americans left to kill.
Bible prophecy demands a collapse of global security as a prerequisite to the rise of antichrist. Before he can offer to restore global security, ensure global justice and take his place at the head of a global government, there must first be a perceived need for his services. According the Apostle Paul, ‘in the last days, perilous times shall come’ as ‘evil men and seducers wax worse and worse’ [See 2Timothy 3].